West Indies to temporarily halve staff, player salaries

Jamaica’s Damion Jacobs cutting to the boundary during a Group ‘B’ match between Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions in the 2017 WICB Super50 Tournament

It added: "CWI has also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a bio-secure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors".

"This pandemic is hurting every West Indian and this decision to cut staff and player incomes has been a very hard one to make; one that will impact so many members of the cricketing family around the Caribbean", CWI president Ricky Skerritt said in a statement.

The England and Wales Cricket Board will step up plans to restart the sport behind closed doors after the British government gave the green light to return to action.

The Test series must still be given approval by the UK Government.

West Indies are scheduled to tour England for a three-test series in July, which CWI approved in principle on Friday.

The series must first be approved by the United Kingdom government and the West Indies squad would have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival under current rules.

The status of quarantine restrictions, along with any other governmental clearance, is subject to change at all times and is likely to be one of the final issues settled.

"I would like to thank the CWI management, the Medical Advisory Committee, and the Financial Strategic Advisory Committee for their detailed and timely presentations given to the Board meeting", said CWI President Ricky Skerritt.

Grave said: "There has been some nervousness from the players and certainly here in Antigua, you know, we're now Covid-19 free so it will be a very different perspective for our players to consider going on the tour". "We´ve been very open and honest with them and sharing plans from the day we got them from the European Central Bank".

"Economically, the Super 50 was not one of the profitable tournaments for CWI, so if it isn't played it wouldn't be the biggest thing in the world, plus we are not in a fifty-over World Cup year so the selectors wouldn't need to be looking at a particular squad or new players", said Wilkinson. "Safety is the number one priority for us and we fully respect any individual player who may not be comfortable to travel".

Describing the move as a "temporary measure", the board said in a statement yesterday that it "deeply regretted" having to make the cuts, but was left with little choice "in the face of debilitating economic challenges which have resulted from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic".



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